[View of Soledad, Main Plaza and Dwyer Street]

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Photograph looking south along Soledad Street towards Main Plaza, Commerce, and Dwyer Street. The one-story R. Wulfing store (middleground, left) stands catercorner to the two-story Jack Harris Variety Theater (center), which fronts on Commerce Street. Opposite the theater, the columned façade of the James Vance House on Nueva Street can be seen in the far distance. The two-story Baker House stands across the plaza to the southwest (right) of the theater.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

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Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951 Creation Date: Unknown.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: The Ernst Wilhelm Raba Photograph Collection and was provided by the San Antonio Conservation Society to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 228 times. More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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San Antonio Conservation Society

The Society documents the history of San Antonio and South Central Texas with an emphasis on the built environment. This history includes photographs of San Antonio street scenes and a few portraits, taken by professional photographer Ernst Raba between c. 1853 and c. 1939.

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Photograph looking south along Soledad Street towards Main Plaza, Commerce, and Dwyer Street. The one-story R. Wulfing store (middleground, left) stands catercorner to the two-story Jack Harris Variety Theater (center), which fronts on Commerce Street. Opposite the theater, the columned façade of the James Vance House on Nueva Street can be seen in the far distance. The two-story Baker House stands across the plaza to the southwest (right) of the theater.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

Notes

Baker House eventually becomes first Central Hotel and then St. Leonards Hotel in 1883.

Building in the center is the future site of the infamous "Fatal Corner," and vaudeville theater. It served as the site for Devine and Attwater druggists in the 1850s and then as the Jack Harris Bar and Billiards in 1872. It did not become the theater until 1874/75.

Also, the R. Wulfing Co. lot is the future site of the Danenhauer Building.

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The Ernst Wilhelm Raba Photograph Collection

Photos by early San Antonio artist Ernst Raba. The bulk of the materials documents the changing landscape of the city in the late 1800s - early 1900s. Funded by San Antonio Conservation Society's Capital Club.

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  • Aug. 6, 2014, 8:27 p.m.

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  • Dec. 3, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

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  • 29.425108, -98.493071

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Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951. [View of Soledad, Main Plaza and Dwyer Street], photograph, Date Unknown; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth460094/: accessed May 22, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting San Antonio Conservation Society.

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